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  1. Balaji Srinivasan: Creating Sources of Definitive Truth With Blockchain Oracles

    Balaji Srinivasan, angel investor and Former CTO of Coinbase, gave a keynote at SmartCon regarding "Cryptoinformation"—sources of definitive truth created by decentralized oracles. He argued that blockchain technology and oracles can separate facts from narratives, enabling a transparent world where information can be verified in real-time through a digital ledger, combating misinformation and censorship. Balaji also announced an initiative in collaboration with Chainlink supporting the development of a censorship-resistant, decentralized inflation index that accurately represents global inflation rates. The winners will get a $100k investment from Balaji and a $100k grant from the Chainlink Grant Program.

    Learn more about the co-funded inflation dashboard initiative: https://1729.com/inflation

    Check out other presentations from our complete Smart Contract Summit #1 playlist: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVP9aGDn-X0RO9JXbc8ayQtIp_DyhlA9s

    Chainlink is the industry standard oracle network for powering hybrid smart contracts. Chainlink Decentralized Oracle Networks provide developers with the largest collection of high-quality data sources and secure off-chain computations to expand the capabilities of smart contracts on any blockchain.

    Learn more about Chainlink:

    Website: https://chain.lin

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  2. Life begins at 40: the biological and cultural roots of the midlife crisis | The Royal Society

    During the 20th century, the midlife crisis became a fashionable means of describing feelings of disillusionment with work, disenchantment with relationships, detachment from family responsibilities, and the growing fear of personal death that began to haunt those beyond the age of forty.

    Coined in 1965, the term ‘midlife crisis’ is often used as satire in popular culture, with numerous examples of stereotypical depictions of rebellion and infidelity. It has been a popular focus of research seeking to explain why and how middle age presents particular social, physiological and emotional challenges.

    In this lecture, Professor Mark Jackson, winner of the 2018 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal, explores a rich range of historical sources to argue that the midlife crisis emerged as a result of demographic changes, new biological accounts of ageing, and deepening anxieties about economic decline, political instability, rising level of divorce, and the impact of family breakdown on social cohesion.

    Watch the Q&A here: https://youtu.be/q9erYW2KsUg

    Watch our short content about exciting science here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg7f-TkW11iXWut8Ms1i6nyD8dRW5LTBs

    The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world’s most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existe…

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  3. David Deutsch - The Beginning of Infinity, Explanations That Transform the World | EP 145

    The Beginning of Infinity, Explanations That Transform the World, David Deutsch

    1:25 start 13:41 there is no such thing as direct experience; there’s only ever interpreted experience 22:21 businesses are visions; money is just the means to the vision .. not the ends 30:13 shoes as technology; documentary Pants for All; we invent technology to offload perspiration 36:00 "spaceship earth" theory 45:30 paradox of Wigner’s friend

    A bold and all-embracing exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge from one of today’s great thinkers.

    Throughout history, mankind has struggled to understand life’s mysteries, from the mundane to the seemingly miraculous.

    Our guest is a multiple award-winning pioneer in the field of quantum computation and argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe. They have unlimited scope and power to cause change, and the quest to improve them is the basic regulating principle not only of science but of all successful human endeavour.

    This stream of ever improving explanations has infinite reach. We are subject only to the laws of physics, and they impose no upper boundary to what we can eventually understand, control, and achieve.

    He applies that worldview to a wide range of issues and unsolved problems, from creativity and free will to the origin and…

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  4. A Conversation with Paul Graham - Moderated by Geoff Ralston

    Geoff Ralston interviews YC founder Paul Graham and draws out startup wisdom. Startup School is YC’s free online program for founders. Sign up to access the full curriculum and over $100k in deals! https://www.startupschool.org/

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  5. Balaji Srinivasan: Balaji’s World | Crypto, China, Decentralized Creator Economy | The Quest S2:20

    Welcome to The Quest Season 2: Episode 20 with Balaji Srinivasan: the former CTO of Coinbase holds nothing back in this 105-min adventure into the future.

    It’s Balaji’s world, and we’re all just living in it. If you’ve been hanging out on tech Twitter long enough or listen to any other tech podcasts, then you’re probably familiar with Balaji. He is an angel investor, entrepreneur, and formerly the CTO of Coinbase and General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz.

    In this epic episode, you’ll hear topics ranging from decentralization, crypto, media tech, social networking, China, machine learning, digital privacy and much more. Balaji has one of the most incredible minds I have ever met, and I am excited to bring you along on this journey.

    0:00 Intro 1:04 City-building, the reverse diaspora and the tech solar eclipse 22:00 Woke, Communist and crypto capital Pt. I 37:56 China’s reform, Deng Xiaoping and FDA 55:40 The decentralization and unbundling of big tech 1:12:14 Crowd choice, remote work and the network state 1:24:29 Woke, Communist and crypto capital Pt. II 1:36:19 Our future is our past

    Join Twitch co-founder, Justin Kan (aka your favorite founder’s favorite founder), on a quest to discover the human stories behind icons in tech, business, sports, music, and beyond. Let’s F**king G…

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  6. Superforecasting | Philip Tetlock

    The pundits we all listen to are no better at predictions than a “dart-throwing chimp,” and they are routinely surpassed by normal news-attentive citizens. So Philip Tetlock reported in his 02005 book, "Expert Political Judgement"—and in a January 02007 SALT talk.

    It now turns out there are some people who are spectacularly good at forecasting, and their skills can be learned. Tetlock discovered them in the course of building winning teams for a tournament of geopolitical forecasting run by IARPA—Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity. His brilliant new book, "SUPERFORECASTING: The Art and Science of Prediction", spells out the methodology the superforecasters developed. Like Daniel Kahneman’s "THINKING, FAST AND SLOW", the book changes how we think about thinking.

    Philip Tetlock is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. With his co-researcher (and wife) Barbara Mellors he is running the Good Judgement Project, with its open competition: https://www.gjopen.com/ for aspiring forecasters.

    "Superforecasting" was given on November 23, 02015 as part of Long Now’s Seminar series. The series was started in 02003 to build a compelling body of ideas about long-term thinking from some of the world’s leading thinkers. The Seminars take place in San Francisco and are curated and hosted …

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  7. The Latest Science of Growth Mindset with Carol Dweck || The Psychology Podcast

    The Latest Science of Growth Mindset with Carol Dweck

    Today it’s a real honor to have Carol Dweck on the podcast. Dr. Dweck is a leading researcher in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford. Her research examines the role of mindsets in personal achievement and organizational effectiveness. Dr. Dweck has also held professorships at Columbia and Harvard Universities, has lectured to education, business, and sports groups around the world, has addressed the United Nations, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, and has won 12 lifetime achievement awards for her research. Her best-selling book Mindset has been widely influential and has been translated into over 25 languages.

    In this episode we discuss:

    Carol’s earliest research on “incremental” vs. “entity” beliefs Carol’s dream of “bottling” the mindsets that lead people to persevere The limitations of Carol’s earlier studies The two big developments in studying growth mindset Growth mindset exercises The “Big Mama” of growth mindset studies The underwhelming effect size of educational interventions How low SES students benefit more from growth mindset interventions The conditions under which growth mindset interventions don’t wo…

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  8. Balaji Srinivasan: Applications: Today & 2025

    Balaji Srinivasan, an angel investor and cofounder of multiple companies including Earn.com and Counsyl, gives an overview of “Applications: Today and 2025.” Srinivasan starts off by tracing the history of crypto from Bitcoin and Ethereum to the present. He highlights the crypto applications that have already gotten traction — infrastructure providers such as exchanges, wallets, and miners; decentralized finance (DeFi) apps; and stablecoins that eliminate the volatility of early cryptocurrencies — and looks ahead to the ones that are likely to emerge in the next five years. These include personal tokenization, new financial instruments, decentralized autonomous organizations and gaming.

    Andreessen Horowitz’s Crypto Startup School brought together 45 participants from around the U.S. and overseas in a seven-week course to learn how to build crypto companies. Andreessen Horowitz is partnering with TechCrunch to release the online version of the course over the next few weeks.

    Find more Crypto Startup School videos plus additional reading and info: https://bit.ly/2ThsHen

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  9. Balaji Srinivasan: Pseudonymous Economy | Blockstack Summit 2019

    Balaji Srinivasan (Angel investor. Cofounder of Earn, Counsyl, Teleport, Coin Center) spoke about a "Pseudonymous Economy" at the 2019 Blockstack Summit in San Francisco on 10.23.19.

    https://blockstack.org/

    https://summit.blockstack.org/

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